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Information about the "All American Flag Act" H.R. 2853



H.R.2853 -- All-American Flag Act (Introduced in House - IH)

HR 2853 IH
111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2853

To require the purchase of domestically made flags of the United States of America for use by the Federal Government.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 12, 2009

Mr. BRALEY of Iowa introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

A BILL

To require the purchase of domestically made flags of the United States of America for use by the Federal Government. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `All-American Flag Act'.

SEC. 2. REQUIREMENT FOR PURCHASE OF DOMESTICALLY MADE UNITED STATES FLAGS FOR USE BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
Only such flags of the United States of America, regardless of size, that are 100 percent manufactured in the United States, from articles, materials, or supplies 100 percent of which are grown, produced, or manufactured in the United States, may be acquired for use by the Federal Government.

SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.
Section 2 shall apply to purchases of flags made on or after 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

Sponsor:
Representative Bruce Braley [D-IA]

Co-Sponsors:
Rep. Peter DeFazio [D, OR-4]
Rep. Bill Foster [D, IL-14]

Rep. Phil Hare [D, IL-17]
Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D, IL-3]
Rep. Thomas Perriello [D, VA-5]
Rep. Timothy Ryan [D, OH-17]
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D, NH-1]
Rep. Betty Sutton [D, OH-13]
Rep. Peter Welch [D, VT-0]



Our Personal Opinion: This is a great proposed piece of legislation. I applaud the sponsors and co-sponsors in the House of Representatives for working on this. Whether it gets to a vote is another story, but if it does, can you imagine anyone voting against it? It would be like asking a Politician to admit that he or she hates widows, orphans, and kissing babies.

If enacted, there will be minimal impact on either the government or taxpayers. Since most US Government agencies purchase their flags from suppliers that comply with existing regulations based on GSA Contract Agreements (we are one small example), I estimate that more than 99% of all flags currently supplied to the government meet these requirements. I would be hard pressed to name any person or agency that knowingly would not abide by the current GSA procurement guidelines. Trust me, as a GSA contract holder, the documentation required by the supplier and the procurement guidelines imposed on the purchaser are daunting and strict. However, there are a few scoundrels who knowingly will cheat the government (and of course they are cheating every American) by circumventing the rules. So this will be an even greater incentive for government agencies to make sure that the US flags they purchase are indeed manufactured in the US from US sourced materials. This will not stop scoundrels from attempting to cheat, but will make it more difficult for them to do so.

Ok, so what about those who immediately think "Protectionism" vs. "Free Trade." Well, strictly speaking, yes this may be true, there is an element of protectionism, but if you really feel this way, I would suggest that you visit one of our many National Cemeteries, ask yourself, would the person that gave their life for you to be standing there want the flag that graces their grave to be made outside of the US with labor that borders on slavery or in servitude? How about that large graceful flag that flies in front of that Federal Building that houses the devoted public servants that keep our country running as a democracy? Do you want an imported flag there? Probably not. If you still think that way, it is your right to do so, but you have just made the list of "People whom I would not allow my children to be near."

Richard L. Barksdale
Epic Flags, LLC
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